Perched atop the cliffs of the stunning Taormina Peninsula, Ducal Villa nods to a rich Sicilian history – it was once the owner’s family home Rosaria Quartucci who, together with her husband Andrea, decided to transform the old mansion into a hotel in the 90s.
As soon as you arrive in this boutique hotel, part of the Small Luxury Hotels Collection – you feel like you have stepped back in time. The original building is a striking piece of the 19e Sicilian architecture of the century, which was designed to take advantage of the spectacular view of the building.
Mosaic tiles line the stairs leading to the reception area, which is impeccably decorated with both antique and modern pieces. A library with original opera texts that indicate this family’s love of fine art. There are eleven double rooms and six suites with all amenities and free wi-fi. Each room has its own private panoramic terrace or balcony. The spacious rooms are tastefully appointed with attention to detail and color, and equipped with all the necessary comforts, including a minibar with an espresso coffee machine (always a great treat for those who like their coffee in bed).
It is obvious that this family has a sharp aesthetic sense, with a decor where Traditional and contemporary Sicilian style.
Breakfast at the award-winning restaurant is an experience with an extensive selection of savory and sweet delicacies from their on-site pastry chef, to be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the ancient city. At night, the space becomes an intimate and romantic dining setting, so it’s no surprise that the hotel is popular with honeymooners.
There’s also a free shuttle to the town center and the various beaches that dot the coastline of Taormina – an old but chic town that has long been loved by the likes of DH Lawrence (who was known to have lived there in the 1980s). 1920), Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and Woody Allen.
The property’s understated luxury, combined with friendly and warm staff, great food, and beautiful aesthetics make it the perfect getaway in the affordable luxury category for couples.